Jean-Paul Pasqualini and Cederic Rossi will no longer be included in the GPI's live poker tournament rankings.
A video compilation of 18 hands played by Pasqualini and Rossi was posted roughly two weeks ago by Nordine Bouya, another French player.
The hands provide compelling evidence that the two players were using hand signals to communicate their hole cards to one another.
The video has since gone viral online and today the GPI took action and banned them from its worldwide poker rankings.
Global Poker Index CEO Alex Dreyfus released a blog post elaborating on the announcement. Here is an excerpt:
Recently, some information was made public about a very suspicious incident of cheating, which in poker is equivalent to fraud. We spent a lot of time analyzing the facts, checking the accuracy of the video and its sources. We also solicited the point of view of the GPI’s top 50 players.
The feedback from the industry and the players has been very clear - they were in support of suspending Jean-Paul Pasqualini and Cedric Rossi from inclusion in the Global Poker Index.
By taking this action, we are not claiming that we know they cheated – this is up to the casinos and the overseeing regulatory bodies to decide. What we are convinced of is that there wasn’t fairness at the table. Unfair behavior will not be promoted via the Global Poker Index. It goes against everything I’m trying to do to promote poker, players and events.
Here is the video compilation that led to Pasqualini and Rossi being banned from the GPI.